Starting the Silver Award
Print and complete the Permission Form and give these to the Award Leader . You will also need to register online, as all records are being kept digitally. This can be done at www.onlinerecordbook.org . Once registered in the online system you can fill in your logs and keep a record of your progress. When finished you can submit it to your award leader for assessment.
For the requirements of the Silver Award please refer to www.dofehillary.org.nz
Information for all sections
- No activity for Silver can be started before your fifteenth birthday.
- It is important to follow the guidelines in the Handbook (there is a copy in the library) and on the website (www.dofehillary.org.nz). Ask your Award Leader if you have further questions about your activities.
Adventurous Journey section
There are two types of training required (First Aid and Bushcraft) before setting out on either of the two tramps (Practice Tramp and Qualifying Tramp.) Students enrol with the appropriate organisations themselves.
- First Aid - A basic First Aid Certificate can be provided by www.stjohn.org.nz (Level 1 course) or http://www.redcross.org.nz(Save-a-Life course). Please note that this is in addition to the small amount of First Aid covered in the Bushcraft courses.
- Bushcraft - Training about bushcraft, navigation, survival etc. This can be provided by Makahika Outdoor Pursuits Centre, Phone: 06 368 9347, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org , Web:http://www.makahika.co.nz
There are also other providers approved by Duke of Edinburgh and these are found on the Duke of Edinburgh website. Training for Silver can also be done online now. Go to http://www.bronzetraining.com/ for more information.
These courses are not very frequent so it is important to check the dates and enrol as soon as possible.
Students organising their own tramps must understand that to meet the Award requirements, such tramps are not just family outings. The Award requires that a tramp consists of 4 - 7 young people (not necessarily all participating in the Award, but all must be trained to at least Silver level Bushcraft) with experienced adult supervisors (who may be family members, but must be familiar with and responsible for the requirements of being a DOE assessor). It is important that the student group does the planning, and it is not for parents to plan the journey but to offer assistance with details.
Duke of Edinburgh and Samuel Marsden Collegiate do not support tramping between April and October due to NZ weather bringing about life-threatening conditions very quickly and sometimes without warning in some parts of NZ – high rainfall, low temperatures, high winds etc.
Silver Practice journeys (3 days, 2 nights) should be planned and executed using best techniques and should give participants enough experience to plan and undertake their qualifying journey in confidence. They should be carried out in an environment similar to, but must not be the same route as, the qualifying journey.
To ensure your Silver Qualifying Tramp (3 days, 2 nights) meets DOE Silver requirements you must arrange a meeting with your co-ordinator at least 6 weeks before setting out to discuss route, daily plans, fitness, safety, weather, assessors etc. The details of your planned Adventurous Journey can be filled out in your online record book.
To prepare for that meeting you should also print or send your assessor the Assessor Checklist, the Assessor Guidelines Tramping and the Assessor Competency Form.Your Award Leader will expect to see these completed forms:
- The Tramp Planning Form - with copies of the last page completed for each student.
- The Assessor Competency Form - signed by your Assessor.
- The Risk Management Form.
- Completing the Gold Adventurous Journey Approval Form is good practice but not necessary. However, it demonstrates that the group has used their map reading skills and has considered the terrain they will be covering, and as such their tramp will be known to be manageable. Your assessor may require you to do this as good practice (on the Gold page of this site).
It is important that all students are physically capable of completing the tramp – a Silver tramp is much harder than a bronze tramp. Training tramps in the week/s prior to an official Practice or Qualifying tramp are important to build strength and endurance and for the group to understand the pace other members can manage.
Practice tramps are important to build strength and endurance and for the group to understand the pace other members can manage.
It can be a challenge to find an assessor/ supervisor – please talk to Miss Stockwell for some ideas about who to contact. A supervisor should oversee all your planning and follow you on your tramp.
The Award Leader has some cooking equipment which you may borrow.
Skill, Physical Recreation and Service sections
Requirements: at least one hour per week over a minimum of 6 months for each section.
It is important that participation for these sections is regular - about one hour every week. Note that these monthly time frames do not include weeks you did not carry out your weekly commitments: e.g. tutoringFeb 1 – April 30 would not count for 3 months if the Easter holiday was in April and you were not required over that holiday time. You would have to show on your Personal Planner that you continued until you had completed at least 30 weeks of regular participation.
Many students are already involved in activities which meet the requirements for the Skills and Physical Recreation sections (e.g. learning an instrument, speech, playing in a sports team, ballet). The Service section involves voluntarily assisting in the community i.e. helping at a child care centre, toy library, a neighbour, a church etc. Helping your own family can not be counted as service.
Each of these activities requires a supervisor (teacher, coach, leader or manager). The supervisor should not be a parent of the student. The supervisor should have sufficient qualifications and/or experience to make a judgement about the participant’s reliability, engagement, improvement and skill development during the time involved. For the activity to count towards the Award, the log should be filled in each session by the student and signed by the supervisor. When the total time requirement is met the supervisor should (a) be able to write a full comment in your log (about your reliability, engagement, improvement and skills learnt over the total time of participation) and (b) sign and date the page in your log.
The website to www.dofehillary.org.nz lists the vast range of activities which are suitable for these three sections.
Completing the Award
Once your award is completed you can submit it to your Award leader for assessment. Your certificate and badge will then be ordered and you can start on your Gold Award if you would like to.